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Posted by Attitude on 04/02/2004
Great food , but small portions. Very Noisy no matter where you sit. I sat at a table #45 that looked like they placed it there because they ran out of space. Prices are a little high, but thats because of the reputation. Bar is so tiny no room to stand. Always have to move for the wait staff that is getting drink orders filled. Young hostess was only worried about how she looed and walked in her high heels. When asked a question she said just ask you waitress. I guess her job descrition reads seat people and make sure I look good doing it, but I don't do requests.......
Posted by winelovers on 03/28/2004
We used to go to Maya all the time since we lived in the neighborhood. Last October we moved so our visit this past week was our first since late September 2003. What a disapointment. We didn't recognize anyone- none of our favorite waiters, nor our favorite manager. The new managers just didn't care and it showed. Waiting at the bar table wasn't the enjoyable experience it used to be when we were entertained by the very engaging, not to mention beautiful cocktail waitress who also doubled as bartender. As for the drinks, they were passable but could have been better. Food still seems pretty good. Probably the only thing that was the same was the awful $#&%* at the door. Why do they keep her?
Posted by JamilaZ on 02/23/2004
My husband and I went here for our first Valentine's day. We spent $200 on cokes and dessert. We could not eat anything else served. The mandatory pre-fixed menu was horrible!! Service was EXTREMELY slow. We ordered well done filet mignon since everything else was fish and had to send it back twice and it still wasn't right!!!
Posted by rwinpittsburgh on 01/22/2004
Up till now, I thought the only true Mexican food was at a little dive called Forest Cafe in Cambridge. No longer. Maya met and exceeded all expectations. Having lived in Mexico City for a year, Maya would fit in perfectly with the upscale restaurants in the D.F. where we would entertain clients. I had the pulpo azteca to start, perfect texture. My wife had the callos de hacha. Again, perfect texture. We followed with the huachinago for me and camarones for my wife. Again, exquisitely done. The sauces were well balanced with chiles adding heat, but not overpowering other flavors. I took only one point off service, because the waitstaff did get my wife's order wrong, bringing the shrimp special instead of the shrimp/lobster entree. But, as my wife had already eaten two shrimp and was loving her dish before realizing there was no lobster, we stuck with it and were not charged for that entree. We didn't do the margaritas, but we did do sangria - a strange offeirng since it's reallly Spanish, not Mexican. Anyway, at $29, it was expensive, but lasted through guacamole, appetizers and dinner. All in all, best meal I've had in NYC in awhile and best Mexican I've had in the States. Including LA. Well worth any wait and the price.
Posted by foodman on 09/12/2003
that is not a term i have used often--only for Blue Water, Peter Luger's and maybe one or two other restaurants in NYC. Add Maya to the list. It is phenomenal. The service was amazing, and the waiter new everything about the menu. Everything on the menu that i have tried was well-crafted and all the flavors fit well together. The lamb is great as are all of their seafood dishes. The drinks are very strong. The tamal appetizer is spicy but flavorful beyond the decription of words.
Posted by DaMan on 06/30/2003
Maya is my wife's favorite restaurant in the entire city of NY - thats saying a lot.... food is all good - everything on the menu is worth trying - the margaritas are mind bending.....they get pretty busy and occasionally the service is challenged..... eat there - you will not regret it